Welcome to The Indecision 11, our soft-hitting — caressing, really — politics questionnaire for smart, funny people. This week: the always incisive and relentlessly hilarious Ana Marie Cox. She was the founding editor of Wonkette, she wrote a satirical novel called Dog Days, and now she is a political columnist at The Guardian U.S. You are a nut if you don't follow her on Twitter: @anamariecox.
What's your earliest political memory?
There's a picture of this somewhere: Me, in third grade, wearing a tan corduroy suit, holding a "Carter for President" sign, which I had made myself in green marker using white paper and a cardboard towel roll. I remember it kind of flopped over because the paper wasn't stiff enough. Which is fitting. I was representing Carter in our school's mock election. My best friend, Kelly, was Reagan (I have no memory of why it was two girls who stepped into these roles).
We gave speeches in front of the class. My mom had helped me with mine, and it was actually a speech arguing for Carter and his policies! I remember it mentioned SALT II. Kelly, on the other hand, gave a speech about longer recess and more options in the lunch line. In some ways that was a perfectly representative speech as well. She won.
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Over the past few weeks, we've explored the sibling rivalry between television/radio correspondents and bloggers. But what better way to end this feature than with an inspiring story which shows us how blogger-correspondent collaboration can literally save lives…
It seemed like any other Amtrak train on any other crisp April night. But it very much was not. Greta Von Susteren and her husband were aboard the DC-NY Amtrak train, when, all of a sudden, Von Susteren's husband, John Coale, heard a frightening sound, and nudged his wife to attention. Greta recognized the sound and knew it was one thing and one thing only: a food allergy attack. Herself a food allergic individual, Greta knew what she needed to do. Armed with a bendaryl tablet, Von Susteren ran to the rescue of the would-be victim and bravely administered the antihistamine.
The saved allergy-sufferer recalls the "indescribably terrifying" attack and the soothing words of her savior. "She was like 'I think I know what is happening to you. Don't worry about it. We're going to get you a Benadryl'." Though she'll never know for sure, the Benadryl recipient suspects that without the interVontion, "It would have been a thousand times worse." Greta claims, "I didn't do anything heroic. I did what anyone would have done." Maybe anyone would have done this.
But the person Von Susteren saved wasn't just anyone. She was none other than "far-left person" Ana Marie Cox.
The Fox News correspondent's actions were so brave Bill O'Reilly knighted Von Susteren a "Patriot" and stated that "Ironically, Miss Cox, a far-left person, now may owe her life to the Fox News Channel." Destiny (or bladder control) intervened once again, a month later when the two ran into each other, a month later, in the ladies room at White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Amidst the sound of hand blow dryers and flushing toilets, Cox uttered the following words: "Thank you for saving my life."
These women certainly have their differences (see chart below). But they were able to put them aside.
Greta Von Susteren Ana Marie Cox Number of names two to three two to three Disclosed Cosmetic Surgery yes, an eye lift no Religion Scientology Can be found… on Fox on Rachel Maddow Education Georgetown Law Grad Wonkette Emeritus
Imagine how many lives could be saved through correspondent-blogger collaboration! What if they put down their weapons — their pens, their handheld devices aimed to tweet, their scripts — with which they fight each other, and instead, pick up a Benadyrl and Epipen and unite around the common enemy of food allergies.
How many people die each day, nameless casualties of blogger on blogger, correspondent on correspondent, and blogger on correspondent, correspondent on blogger violence? If this story shows us anything — anything at all — it is that the world will be a better and safer place if we bridge the gaps that threaten to separate us, and refrain from ordering Amtrak's lentil salad.
Tags: Ana Marie Cox, Bill O'Reilly, Drugs, Fox, Greta Van Susteren, Health, John Coale, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Scientology, Twitter, Wonkette
So, as we're sure all of you know all too well, The Radio and Television Correspondents' Association Dinner is almost upon us. This is an event which was probably best described by Ana Marie Cox two years ago…
It's a lot like the White House correspondents' dinner, but with fewer fake famous people and worse entertainment. But the wine is free and if you, like me, get a kick out seeing moderately well-known wonks attempt to have "fun" (imagine four hours of trying to teach your dad to dance or somesuch), it can be diverting.
It's also the event responsible for burning the image of MC Rove into our collective consciousness.
Anyway — for reasons that make complete sense to us — we're celebrating this diverting event with the following exciting features…
* A blog series highlighting the burgeoning love story between MSM personalities and the scruffy bloggers who follow their every movement.
* The Internet premiere of a brand new video from JibJab that will be featured at this years Radio & TV dinner ceremony.
* Lots of other appreciative correspondent-related material which can technically, according to our lawyers, be referred to as "exciting features."
So, make sure you check back at least once every three minutes until we tell you otherwise.
Tags: Ana Marie Cox, Chris Matthews, Karl Rove, MSNBC
If — I'm just saying if — John McCain loses tonight, how long will it take for the GOP to turn on Sarah Palin, the woman who rose from obscurity to became an international punchline?
According to Ana Marie Cox's recounting of the last-ever press session aboard the Straight Talk Air, the pitchforks are already on standby. Here's McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt:
QUESTION: And the pick of Palin for you guys? Are you happy with that?
SCHMIDT: You know, we'll uh, I'm not going to do, there'll be time for all the post mortems in the race.
QUESTION: But are you happy with what she's done for the ticket?
SCHMIDT: I think that, you know, I think we'll know in a few hours what the results are, you know and I, there'll be a time for all the post mortem parts of it.
Especially the post mortem parts where everybody blames it all on Sarah Palin.
Tags: Ana Marie Cox, John McCain, Republicans, Sarah Palin, Steve Schmidt